Mystery Skulls Music Video "Ghost" Turns Scooby Doo Into Literal Heartbreak

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Music
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11:30 am

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I wasn't familiar with Mystery Skulls before seeing this - but they and I are clearly familiar with the same cartoon references. Fortunately, the song does not suck, so I can give it a full-on thumbs-up rather than a mixed blessing.

Especially since it doesn't end up quite where you think it will...

The Writer of Dredd and 28 Days Later Has New Movie Promoting Robosexual Agenda

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Yep, Danny Boyle's frequent collaborator Alex Garland finally gets his shot at directing, and it's about Domhnall Gleeson falling for a fembot. That's her above. Would you? I mean, the trailer implies she's deceitful, but I reckon I can see right through her.

Though the title of the movie, Ex Machina, would be funnier if they'd already gotten it on and broken up. Because, y'know, "ex." I'm funny.

Somebody Found a Way to Make Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland Even Creepier (Also Entertaining)

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Live Performance, Movies, Music
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Take a character from the forced-weirdness, trying-too-hard, "quirky" retelling of Lewis Carroll...then recreate her with a soul-devouring puppet head, several Playing Card soldiers controlled by rods emanating from her outfit, and add disco and dance tunes. This old fashioned feat of engineering, cosplay and dancing ability is immediately way cooler than anything Tim Burton managed to do with all the 3D post-converted CGI in the world.

Just don't stare too long into the eyes you see pictured above. Nothing lives there.

John Constantine's 10 Nastiest Moments from the Early Days Of Hellblazer

By T.J. Dietsch in Comics, Daily Lists
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 6:00 am

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John Constantine is the best there is at what he does and what he does certainly ain't pretty. Known as a magician, conjurer, con man, helper of the innocent and a generally dangerous person to be around, Constantine has been kicking around for nearly 30 years since first fully appearing in Swamp Thing #37 by Alan Moore and Stephen R. Bissette. Since then he starred in the long running Vertigo series Hellblazer, made his way into the New 52, featured on the big screen and, most recently, stars in his own television series called Constantine, the second episode of which airs tonight.

Fast Food Review: Jack in the Box Chick-N-Tater Melt Munchie Meal

By Luke Y. Thompson in Food & Drink
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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It's part of their line of "totally not for stoners, except when we admit that they are" line of late-night Munchie Meals (fun fact: after I got a marketing guy to basically admit it on camera, he emailed me later and asked if I could please re-edit the video to remove it. I asked our corporate lawyer and he said I don't have to). The Chick-N-Tater Melt sandwich replaces the breakfast-themed burger and the exploding cheesy chicken on the after-9 p.m. lineup, and I'd love to tell you it's for the better. But will I?

Big Trouble in Little China Is the Latest Step in Funko's Pop Vinyl Dominance of Every Property

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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They gave it their best shot, pal...and we will take it. Good ol' Jack Burton and some of his friends and foes are getting the stylized treatment in the new Big Trouble in Little China line, and we wonder how pissed Lo Pan will be when he realizes that a bride with green eyes is out of the question in this format - it's gonna be the standard black dots or nothing.

Seriously, Gracie Law's eyes are dark black now. Check out all the rest of the images below and you'll see.

Tripping the Oculus Rift with Interstellar

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Tech, Video Games
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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Fun fact about me: I didn't understand the appeal of the View-Master toy for most of my life. The reason was that rather than trying to focus my eyes through the viewer, I would always shut one for insta-clarity. And yet I had no idea - none - that in doing so, I was negating the 3D effect that was the main selling point of the thing.

No such mistakes with the Oculus Rift. Holy balls, is this thing amazing. And I say this after experiencing a three-minute "on rails" experience with no gaming element whatsoever.

Optimus Prime's PlayStation 1 Disguise Is Decades Late but Still Cool

By Luke Y. Thompson in Toys, Video Games
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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You wanna talk about ethics in gaming? Where are the ethics in my games system secretly being an alien robot, hmmmmm?


Netflix Apparently Hates You, Because They Just Bought a Richie Rich Reboot

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Yes, Netflix has the Marvel stuff, which is cool. But by giving Adam Sandler a deal for new movies and greenlighting that douchey little brat in the picture above (from a production company called AwesomenessTV, of all things), they're not likely to win many new friends in this corner.

You may wonder how, in a country where the economy has been quite crappy for a while now, a show about the luckiest rich kid in the world is going to make its protagonist remotely sympathetic. Oh, but they have a genius idea for that. This Richie Rich didn't inherit his wealth - he earned it "after making a trillion dollars by inventing and selling a cool new green technology." TAKE THAT, LIBERALZ! U MUST LIKE HIM NOW LOL. His adventures will include "exploring Antarctica, making a movie with his friends and meeting famous celebrities."

Can't I just watch E! for shows that are exactly like that already? Make this a zombie reboot like Archie and I might reconsider.

h/t SlyDante777, as predicted by troi in a previous thread.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law - Disney Parades and Halloween Cats

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. But be nice. Being nuts is okay, though. We're all mad here.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!! One of my favorite holidays. Well, last weekend I went to the Anaheim Halloween Parade. It has been going on forever. I remember going to the parade when I was little - we used to go to my Uncle Bill's furniture store on Anaheim Blvd and watch the parade. He was the mayor of Anaheim for several years. No, Mickey Mouse is not the mayor; however, there have been times when that seemed the case. Anyway I included 2 pictures taken at the parade. They did not come out really well - but it was the best I could get with my camera and they were moving pretty fast. One of the pictures is Andy Anaheim done by the Historical Society and the other is Rocket Witch. The parade was nice, but not as good as in other years. The only Anaheim Unified HS band that showed this year was Anaheim HS. We have 10+ high schools in Anaheim and only 1 showed - really?????.